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Monday, December 04, 2017

The Government And The ADHA Are Treating Us All Like Mushrooms. It Really Stinks!

These rules were promulgated a day or so ago! (Sorry about the formatting)
My Health Records (National Application) Rules 2017



I, Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, make the following rules.

Dated 30 November 2017


Greg Hunt Minister for Health





Contents
Part 4—Handling health information for the purposes of a healthcare
recipient’s My Health Record                                                                        5
7                    When healthcare recipients may elect not to have certain health information
disclosed to System Operator    5
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Part 1—Preliminary


1    Name

This instrument is the My Health Records (National Application) Rules 2017.

2    Commencement

(1)    Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

  Commencement information                                                                                                                                
Column 1
Column 2
Column 3
Provisions
Commencement
Date/Details
1. Sections 1 to 4 and anything in this instrument not elsewhere covered by
  this table                                                                                                                                                                      
The day after this instrument is registered.
2 December 2017
2. Part 2
The day after this instrument is registered.
2 December 2017
3. Part 3
A single day to be fixed by the Minister by notifiable instrument.
However, if the provisions do not commence within the period of 9 months beginning on the day this instrument is registered, they commence on the day
                                                  after the end of that period.                                                                                      
4. Part 4
The day after this instrument is registered.
2 December 2017
Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.

(2)    Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3    Authority

This instrument is made under the My Health Records Act 2012.

4    Definitions

Note:          A number of expressions used in this instrument are defined in the Act, including the following:
(a)              healthcare recipient;
(b)             My Health Record system;
(c)              registered healthcare recipient.
In this instrument:
Act means the My Health Records Act 2012.
healthcare identifier has the same meaning as in the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010.
opt-out model: see section 5.


Part 2—Applying opt-out model to all healthcare recipients


5    Opt-out model applies to all healthcare recipients in Australia

For the purposes of clause 2 of Schedule 1 to the Act, Part 2 of that Schedule (the
opt-out model) applies to all healthcare recipients in Australia.


Part 3—Registering healthcare recipients


6    When healthcare recipients may elect not to be registered

(1)    This section is made for the purposes of subparagraph 5(2)(c)(i) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

Healthcare recipients who have a healthcare identifier immediately before the day this Part commences
(2)    An election by a member of the class of healthcare recipients mentioned in paragraph (3)(a) not to be registered must be given within the period mentioned in paragraph (3)(b).
(3)    For the purposes of subsection (2):
(a)    the class of healthcare recipients is the class of healthcare recipients, each of whom, immediately before the day on which this Part commences, has a healthcare identifier; and
(b)    the period is the period of 3 months beginning on the day on which this Part commences.

Healthcare recipients who do not have a healthcare identifier immediately before the day this Part commences
(4)    An election by a member of the class of healthcare recipients mentioned in paragraph (5)(a) not to be registered must be given on the occurrence of the event mentioned in paragraph (5)(b).
(5)    For the purposes of subsection (4):
(a)    the class of healthcare recipients is the class of healthcare recipients, each of whom, immediately before the day on which this Part commences, does not have a healthcare identifier; and
(b)    the event is when the healthcare recipient makes an application that will result in the healthcare recipient being assigned a healthcare identifier.


Part 4—Handling health information for the purposes of a healthcare recipient’s My Health Record

7 When healthcare recipients may elect not to have certain health information disclosed to System Operator
(1)    This section is made for the purposes of subparagraph 13(2)(c)(i) of Schedule 1 to the Act.

Healthcare recipients registered under clause 6 of Schedule 1 to the Act
(2)    An election by a member of the class of healthcare recipients mentioned in paragraph (3)(a) not to have health information about the healthcare recipient held by the Chief Executive Medicare made available to the System Operator must be given on the occurrence of the event mentioned in paragraph (3)(b).
(3)    For the purposes of subsection (2):
(a)    the class of healthcare recipients is the class of healthcare recipients, each of whom is registered under clause 6 of Schedule 1 to the Act on or after the day on which this Part commences; and
(b)    the event is when the healthcare recipient applies to be registered.

Healthcare recipients registered under clause 3 of Schedule 1 to the Act
(4)    An election by a member of the class of healthcare recipients mentioned in paragraph (5)(a) not to have health information about the healthcare recipient held by the Chief Executive Medicare made available to the System Operator must be given within the period mentioned in paragraph (5)(b).
(5)    For the purposes of subsection (4):
(a)    the class of healthcare recipients is the class of healthcare recipients, each of whom is registered under clause 3 of Schedule 1 to the Act on or after the day on which Part 3 commences; and
(b)    the period is the period:
(i)    beginning when the healthcare recipient is registered; and
(ii)    ending when the healthcare recipient’s My Health Record is first accessed.

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These rules seem  have no explanatory memorandum and just came out of the blue.
If this is designed to have no-one know what the Government is up to with opt out and opting out they have succeeded. I can make no sense at all of this. I bet Greg Hunt has no idea what he just signed!
One legal expert I asked characterised it as follows among many other pages of comments:
“This is very ugly, evil, passive-aggressive drafting!
It is spectacular – designed to be incomprehensible, and for most people to miss their chance to Opt out.
It needs a plain English translation - but the scheme is intrinsically so complex that this is difficult to translate.”
I would love anyone who can to let us all know what it means to tell us! I note there is not much in the way of discussion around consent. I wonder what that means? I suspect it is being seen as 'optional'.
David.

Addendum: The Explanatory Memorandum is now available (as of 2pm today) and is posted separately. Enjoy the read - it is much closer to English!

D

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Explanatory statement here, might have been added later: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2017L01558/Explanatory%20Statement/Text

Dr David More MB PhD FACHI said...

Thanks for finding that....was not around when I searched. Will post.

David